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Graham Lock
International Piano, May 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

According to one recent commentator, George Enescu ‘is the greatest composer whose greatness is not yet generally recognised.’ He is remembered today chiefly as a virtuoso violinist and teacher, whereas in his lifetime Enescu (1881–1955) was also renowned for his compositions.

As winner of the 2014 George Enescu International Piano Competition, Spanish pianist Josu de Solaun brings a clear authority to the music, which he plays with unassuming sensitivity. …Luiza Borac, an earlier winner of the Enescu Piano Competition, set the benchmark in the early 2000s when she recorded the suites and sonatas for Avie. Her versatile playing can really make the music sing at times, but Solaun’s more measured approach is no less satisfying. His three discs, which are available separately, offer an engaging and persuasive account of this fascinating repertoire. © 2017 International Piano Read complete review




Lucía Martín-Maestro Verbo
Melómano (Spain), April 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

…whether because of the unusual programme or the superb interpretations offered by Solaun, we are faced with a collection of music that needs to be listened to, an essential album that promises to delight even the most demanding music lover. © 2017 Melómano




Emili Blasco
Scherzo, March 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

Full recommendation for these completely outstanding albums, thanks to the indisputable merit of a communicator who is so thoroughly engaged with the music he plays. © 2017 Scherzo



Stephen Estep
The Absolute Sound, February 2017

Music:
Sonics:

…there’s more than just the Romanian Rhapsodies, as Josu de Solaun has demonstrated with this stunningly-played cycle of the piano works. The Second Piano Suite, Des Cloches Sonores (The Sounds of Bells), won a competition judged by Debussy, d’Indy, Massenet, and Cortot. It’s a striking Impressionistic work, but in Enescu’s unique voice. The shows topping “Pavane” has a melody marked quasi flute that counters both the Impressionism and the bell-like writing. …The Third Sonata is playful and full of flourishes… © 2017 The Absolute Sound




Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine, February 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 1 (Solaun) GP705
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

[…] Josu de Solaun makes a seriously persuasive case for the varied and absorbing piano music in these three discs. […] De Solaun never makes heavy weather of Enescu’s demanding writing, but lets expression lead at all times, no matter how intense the virtuosity. There’s a bouncy vitality to his playing, a warm and intimate approach to phrasing and beautifully mellow tone quality. © 2017 BBC Music Magazine



Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, January 2017

ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (Solaun) GP706
ENESCU, G.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 3 (Solaun) GP707

De Solaun is a wonderful pianist, especially in the colorful worlds of the Second Piano Suite. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2016

George Enescu, a multi-faceted musician embraced a life as a great virtuoso violinist, composer and a teacher, but could have been a leading concert pianist. For the instrument he wrote with considerable imagination and in a personal style that was very different to the French Impressionist composers of the time. Romanian by birth,  Ensecu made his home in Paris from his teenage years, the disc’s opening work Des cloches sonores, a suite in four movements, completed there when he was twenty-two. The clatter of numerous bells ringing out over a city is wonderfully recreated in an opening Toccata, the remainder of the work offers a particularly charming Pavane and an energised final Bourree that gives the impression of four hands being involved. Bell-like sounds are also heard in the opening of the Prelude and Fugue, composed the same year, the disc then jumping forwards thirty-two years to the Third Sonata (a Second Sonata does not exist), by which time Enescu had absorbed the era of atonality without embracing it, the spiky opening movement and quirky finale having travelled some little way from pure tonality. As an ‘encore’ the disc ends with the brief 1922 cameo, Piece sur la nom de Faure, a strange work that is in a different world to his named mentor. The American-trained Spanish winner of both the Enescu and Iturbi International Piano Competitions, Josu De Solaun, will certainly make you shake your head in disbelief in the disc’s opening work, and throughout his technical brilliance is remarkable. This is the second of his three Enescu discs, just don’t miss it. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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